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  • What’s behind the increase in lithium-ion battery fires on planes?

    Consumer Reports - 06/07/2017

    Though airline crews are trained to handle onboard emergencies, battery fires can be complicated, difficult, and dangerous to cope with.

    A Li-ion battery contains volatile chemicals separated by a permeable membrane, explains K.M. Abraham, a professor at Northeastern University and a pioneer in Li-ion battery design. If that membrane is compromised—whether because of a defect or damage to the battery—the energy can be released in an uncontrolled manner, a condition called thermal runaway.

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